Posted by Meg | Posted in BarackNObama.net, Editorial, PUMA Power | Posted on 06-11-2008
Tags: BarackNObama.net, Meg, the next four years
I’ve given this a lot of thought and I’ve finally decided how I will react to President Obama.
1 – I will show President Obama precisely the same amount of loyalty he and the Democratic party were kind enough to show to President Bush. Although I am no fan of Bush, I feel it is only fair that they finally get a taste of their own medicine, so to speak.
2- Unlike the Democrats, I will not hold Obama responsible for things beyond his control, and I will not fault him for failings which have absolutely nothing to do with the responsibilities of the president.
3 – I will not behave as though history immediately pauses and restarts during the transition from one administration to the other. In other words, I will not fault him for the residual effects of previous presidents’ policies, so long as he does not involve himself in making such residual effects worse.
4 – I will not engage in childish behavior, such as mindlessly and repetitively dressing him up as Hitler, Stalin, Mussolini, or any other infamous leader, purely for the sake of manipulating the masses.
5 – I will not question his intelligence simply because he may have an accent that I don’t particularly like. However, I reserve the right to comment in the event that he continues to switch at will between his normal speaking voice and his “Black Southern Preacher” voice. Cause that’s just plain silly.
6 – I will – as I always have – maintain respect for the office of the presidency. I will respect the office itself. I do not, however, have to respect the man who occupies it.
7 – These rules will be in place until President Obama truly and completely earns my respect, trust, and loyalty. Such respect should not be freely granted without first being earned. I’m not sure how he could possibly do that, but if by some miracle he actually does, only then will I regard him as my President.
I’m sure I might have a few more to add to this as I continue to consider how best to proceed. I’ll also need to come up with a new headline for this blog, since this site is no longer about making a decision about who to vote for. If you have any ideas, please feel free to share them! And if you have any suggestions about further guidelines about how to respond to President Obama, please post those as well.
Good luck, everybody! The next four years probably won’t be a lot of fun, but please, we absolutely must maintain our honor, maturity, integrity, and dignity. One of my worst fears is that those of us who didn’t vote for Obama will sink to the same lows previously displayed by some Democrats during the Bush years. I don’t want us to turn into them, I don’t want us – independents, republicans, PUMAs, whatever – to be just as childish as they were. Please, as we continue to fight for what we believe in, we need to make sure we maintain our maturity and dignity as well. We cannot allow ourselves to indulge in moral equivalencies as they did. Let’s rise above it and show them what we’re made of.